Memorable Manitobans: John “Jack” Hassard (1912-1979)
Civil servant, artist.
Born at Portage la Prairie on 11 January 1912, son of Harvey J. Hassard and Helena Rose “Lena” West (1879-1930), he was educated at Portage schools, St. John’s College, University of Manitoba, and Winnipeg School of Art. He served in the Canadian Army from 1940 to 1945 then, following his military discharge, he returned to Manitoba and worked for the provincial government, retiring in 1977 as Sheriff of the Central Judicial District. Active in the visual arts, he was an Artist-in-Residence for the Central Plains and a member of the Manitoba Arts Council, Portage and District Arts Council, Manitoba Historical Society (Vice-President), and Fort La Reine Museum (Director). He served on the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba (1971-1974). He died at Portage la Prairie on 15 October 1979 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 1979, page 84.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 June 2019
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